LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts)
Ultravox's 1981 hit Vienna has been voted the nation's favourite number two single! The song topped the poll by BBC Radio
2 and the Official Charts Company to find the greatest track to miss out on the number one spot.
Vienna was held off by novelty track Shaddup You Face by Joe Dolce.
The poll was launched to celebrate 60 years of the singles chart. DJ Tony Blackburn will list the songs in his three-hour show The Nation's Favourite Number Two Single. He was among a panel of experts - including Radio
2's Ken Bruce and Janice Long, Radio
Nightingale, Official Charts Company managing director Martin
Talbot and 6 Music's Steve Lamacq - who compiled a shortlist from 941 singles which have made it to number two. Radio
2 listeners then voted.
Ultravox frontman Midge Ure said: "We are extremely pleased and very humbled to have been given this honorary number one, especially knowing the outstanding records which were also in the running - Strawberry Fields, Hound Dog and Wonderwall
to name just a few.
A huge thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to vote for Vienna. It has restored our faith in the idea that the public will always recognise the good in music, and that this song has proved this."
2's head of music Jeff Smith said: "Vienna is a brilliant track; a true classic. It was up against hits by some of the world's biggest acts - We Are The Champions by Queen, Rocket Man by Elton John
and Rolling In The Deep by Adele. The countdown is packed with some amazing songs."
Mr Talbot said: "Ultravox's Vienna has beaten off some truly great, classic tracks to claim the title of the UK public's favourite number two single - including Fairytale
Of New York, Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields, My Generation, Waterloo Sunset and many more. It is also probably the most apt winner, given the fact that it was kept from the chart summit in 1981 by Joe Dolce's Shaddup You Face, which has long been considered one of the biggest chart injustices of all time.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart in 2012, we are delighted to declare it as an honorary official number one single."
Christmas favourite Fairytale
of New York by The Pogues
and Kirsty MacColl was voted into second place.
The Who's My Generation was 12th in the list, Wonderwall
finished at 13, Rolling In The Deep was at 34 and Rocket Man was at 37.
TOP 10 NUMBER TWOS:
1. Ultravox - Vienna, 1981 (beaten by Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce)
2. The Pogues
ft. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale
Of New York, 1987 (Always On My Mind - Pet Shop Boys)
3. Don McLean
- American Pie, 1972 (Son Of My Father - Chicory Tip, Without You - Nilsson)
- Sit Down, 1991 (The One And Only - Chesney Hawkes)
5. The Stranglers
- Golden Brown, 1982 (Town Called Malice - The Jam)
6. The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset, 1967 (Silence Is Golden, The Tremeloes)
7. The Beatles
- Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever, 1967 (Release Me, Engelbert Humperdinck)
- We Are The Champions, 1977 (The Name Of The Game
- Abba, Mull Of Kintyre/Girls' School - Wings)
9. The Beach Boys
- God Only Knows, 1966 (Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby
- The Beatles)
10. A-ha - Take On Me, 1985 (The Power Of Love, Jennifer Rush)